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Community book swap needs a new home

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The community book swap has lost its warehouse and is in immediate need of finding a new, permanent place where they can have their monthly free swaps. They are looking for a place where they can store their tables and books without having to box them every month. If not, then they will need an on-site storage room. They also need a convenient location, wheelchair accessible, with plenty of parking. A rest room would also be a tremendous asset. The swap has been an established service in the community for more than four years. Contact Cheryl Noble at 530-615-4155.

Cinderella Boutique offering a "Sneak Peek"

The Cinderella Project will host an opening Reception and "Sneak Peek" to the Cinderella Boutique from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday April 5 at 900 Golden Gate Terrace, Unit E. Light refreshments will be served and a raffle will be held in the midst of a wonderland of over 300 donated dresses The project's "fairy godmothers" have created through the generosity of the community. The Cinderella Project is in its third year of ensuring that every girl has a prom dress who needs one. High school students are invited to participate in the Cinderella Project by referral from a counselor, teacher, group leader or other adult who knows of a need. When the girls arrive at the Cinderella Boutique, they enter a magical world of generosity, including dresses, shoes, jewelry and fairy godmothers ready to help them find the perfect dress for their prom. For more information, see the Facebook page NevadaCountyCinderellaProject or visit to download a referral form. Interested parties can also email the project at or call 530-268-5172.

Professor of geology to speak at Gem and Mineral Society

Dick Hilton, professor of geology at Sierra College will talk about the geology of the Sierra Nevada at the The Nevada County Gem & Mineral Society meeting, slated for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. The meeting will be at the Golden Empire Grange, 11363 Grange Court in Grass Valley, CA. General membership meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Visitors always welcome. For more information, visit or call Lori Woodhall, president, at 530-432-1750.

Austin Dowling fundraiser slated for April 6

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A 5K Walk/Jog Leukemia Fundraiser in honor of Bear River High School senior Austin Dowling will be at the BRHS track on Saturday, Apr. 6. Registration begins at 8:30 and the 5K begins at 10 a.m. Imagine being 17 and having your senior year of high school put on hold to fight Leukemia. Dowling was blind-sided by this news on Feb. 18 and since then has been in the hospital undergoing treatments with his family by his side. The community is invited to join friends and family for a fun-filled event to help raise funds to defray growing medical expenses. To register for the 5K, visit the Austin Dowling Public Event Facebook page. Donations can be sent to the Austin Dowling Leukemia Fund at El Dorado Savings Bank.

Community Partners to bring solar to Grass Valley familiesSeveral struggling homeowners in Grass Valley will no longer have to choose between utility payments and other pressing family needs. Through a collaborative project between renewable energy non-profit GRID Alternatives and Nevada County Habitat for Humanity, volunteers and homeowners will be installing the first of many solar energy systems for low-income families challenged with high energy bills.

These low-income homeowners purchased their homes through Habitat's affordable home ownership program in 2002 and 2003. This project offers dedicated volunteers the opportunity to work side by side with families to provide solar energy and neighborhood renewal including low-maintenance landscaping and exterior repairs.

"Habitat is committed to a long term partnership with all of our homeowners," said Debbie Arakel, executive director of Nevada County Habitat. "We have learned a lot along the way, and this project enables us to apply that learning to improve this neighborhood."

One household will be saving nearly $50,000 over the lifetime of the system. GRID Alternatives' program supports local green jobs training, by providing no-cost hands-on solar installation opportunities for corporate teams, community volunteers and job training organizations like Sierra College. On Friday March 22,, a team of Sierra College students will begin the solar installation work and on Saturday, the systems will be completed with a large UNFI, Inc. corporate team.

For more information, contact GRID Alternatives North Valley office, at 530-217-6154 or email

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